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2021 Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools

251 Schools Ranked
$45,165 Avg Student Debt

A computer science student has lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamps with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 251 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular graduate certificate programs for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
192 Total Awards
$40,188 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,649 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Syracuse University to be the most popular school for computer science students who want to pursue a graduate certificate in the United States. Syracuse is a private not-for-profit institution located in Syracuse, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 192 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,649 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 42% were women.

One thing to take note of is that Syracuse does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 31% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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189 Total Awards
$8,910 Average Tuition & Fees
$62,905 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 251 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Maryland Global Campus landed the # 2 spot on the list. Adelphi, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out graduate certificates to 189 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $62,905 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 38% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at UMGC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 91% took at least some of their classes online.

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182 Total Awards
$16,752 Average Tuition & Fees
$35,859 Avg Student Debt

The excellent graduate certificate programs at University of Phoenix - Arizona helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer science schools in the United States. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the large private for-profit school handed out 182 graduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

On average, graduate certificate students take out $35,859 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 38% were women.

One thing to take note of is that UOPX - Arizona does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 98% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#4

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, California
149 Total Awards

Out of the 251 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Naval Postgraduate School landed the # 4 spot on the list. Naval Postgraduate School is a public institution located in Monterey, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 149 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 19% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Naval Postgraduate School does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 46% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#5

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia
120 Total Awards
$7,334 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Kennesaw State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools list. KSU Georgia is a large public school situated in Kennesaw, Georgia. It awarded 120 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 35% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at KSU Georgia. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 63% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#6

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
112 Total Awards
$24,991 Average Tuition & Fees
$51,406 Avg Student Debt

University of St Thomas Minnesota came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. UST MN is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 112 graduate certificates to qualified students.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $51,406 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 38% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UST MN. In 2017-2018 about 23% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#7

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
98 Total Awards
$22,186 Average Tuition & Fees

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is a very small public school located in University Park, Pennsylvania that handed out 98 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 12% of those degree recipients were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Penn State World Campus. Every graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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93 Total Awards
$7,138 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. UNOMAHA is located in Omaha, Nebraska and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 93 graduate certificates to qualified students.

Around 39% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UNOMAHA. In 2017-2018 about 49% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#9

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
85 Total Awards
$12,180 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the large public school awarded 85 diplomas to qualifed graduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

Around 28% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at UW - Madison. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 9% took at least some of their classes online.

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#10

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
83 Total Awards
$47,818 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Rochester Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. Located in Rochester, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 83 graduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 28% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at RIT. During the 2017-2018 year, about 20% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#11

Sans Technology Institute

Bethesda, Maryland
80 Total Awards

Sans Technology Institute came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Sans Technology Institute is a private for-profit institution located in Bethesda, Maryland. The school has a very small population, and it awarded 80 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 5% were women.

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#12

Towson University

Towson, Maryland
71 Total Awards
$10,530 Average Tuition & Fees
$29,436 Avg Student Debt

Towson University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #12 on the list. Towson is a public institution located in Towson, Maryland. The school has a large population, and it awarded 71 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $29,436 in student loans. Around 44% of those degree recipients were women.

Towson does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 19% took at least some of their classes online.

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#13

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
69 Total Awards
$12,340 Average Tuition & Fees

West Chester University of Pennsylvania ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools list. This fairly large public school is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 69 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 13% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at WCUPA, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 48% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#14

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
57 Total Awards
$24,218 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #14, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. This large public school is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it awarded 57 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 54% were women.

One thing to take note of is that U-M does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 4% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#15

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
52 Total Awards
$20,105 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #15, Seattle University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Seattle, Washington, and it awarded 52 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 48% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Seattle U, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 7% took at least some of their classes online.

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#16

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
51 Total Awards
$13,874 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #16, The University of Texas at Dallas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. UT Dallas is a public institution located in Richardson, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 51 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

UT Dallas does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 20% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#17

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
49 Total Awards
$17,552 Average Tuition & Fees
$43,899 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #17, DeVry University - Illinois did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. DeVry University - Illinois is a private for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 49 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $43,899 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 35% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since DeVry University - Illinois does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 94% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#18

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
48 Total Awards
$14,441 Average Tuition & Fees
$42,490 Avg Student Debt

Regis University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #18 on the list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Denver, Colorado, and it awarded 48 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

On average, graduate certificate students take out $42,490 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

Regis U does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 68% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#19

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
45 Total Awards
$7,788 Average Tuition & Fees
$29,250 Avg Student Debt

University of North Texas came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Denton, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out graduate certificates to 45 students in 2018-2019.

Graduate Certificate recipients from UNT accumulate an average of $29,250 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 78% of those degree recipients were women.

UNT does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 43% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#20

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
43 Total Awards
$15,648 Average Tuition & Fees
$39,632 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, George Mason University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, the large public school awarded 43 diplomas to qualifed graduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

Graduate Certificate recipients from GMU accumulate an average of $39,632 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 30% were women.

GMU does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 26% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#21

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
36 Total Awards
$51,639 Average Tuition & Fees
$47,084 Avg Student Debt

University of Denver came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Denver, Colorado is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out graduate certificates to 36 students in 2018-2019.

Graduate Certificate recipients from DU accumulate an average of $47,084 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 42% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that DU does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 32% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#22

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
28 Total Awards
$9,753 Average Tuition & Fees

Illinois State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Normal, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out graduate certificates to 28 students in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 46% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Illinois State. During the 2017-2018 year, about 19% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#22

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
28 Total Awards
$7,005 Average Tuition & Fees
$33,107 Avg Student Debt

American Public University System came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. American Military University is located in Charles Town, West Virginia and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 28 graduate certificates to qualified students.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $33,107 in student loans. Around 29% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, American Military University is an excellent choice, since graduate classes are offered online.

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#22

Hood College

Frederick, Maryland
28 Total Awards
$9,070 Average Tuition & Fees

Hood College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate computer science programs. Hood is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Frederick, Maryland. It awarded 28 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 21% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Hood. In fact, around 1% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#22

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
28 Total Awards
$54,750 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #22, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their graduate certificate. WUSTL is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 28 graduate certificates to qualified students.

Around 14% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at WUSTL. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 5% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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Not only did these schools make the top 38 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
#26

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont
#26

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#29

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
#30

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#31

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
#32

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#33

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#34

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota
#34

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
#34

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas
#37

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
#37

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular computer science schools ranking:

Rank School Location
39 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
39 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
41 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
42 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
42 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
42 University at Albany Albany, NY
42 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
46 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
46 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
46 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
46 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
50 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
50 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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